Santangelo novels

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The Santangelo novels are a series of novels written by Jackie Collins, which focus on the Santangelo family, particularly Gino Santangelo, an Italian-American former gangster, and his daughter Lucky. The novels, which take place from the 1920s to the present day, are set in the world of organised crime and include the Santangelos' rivalry with the Bonnatti and Kassari families. There are nine novels in the Santangelo saga and one spin-off. Confessions of a Wild Child (2013), is a prequel depicting Lucky's teenage years, which were briefly explored in the first Santangelo novel, Chances (1981).

Main characters[edit]

Main article: Santangelo family
  • Gino Santangelo – first appears in Chances
  • Lucky Santangelo – first appears in Chances
  • Olympia Stanisopolous – first appears in Chances
  • Costa Zennocotti – first appears in Chances
  • Carrie Berkley – first appears in Chances
  • Steven Berkley – first appears in Chances
  • Lennie Golden – first appears in Lucky
  • Brigitte Stanisopolous – first appears in Lucky
  • Alex Woods – first appears in Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge


Television adaptations[edit]

Two television miniseries have been made based on the Santangelo novels, which were adapted by Collins herself:

  • Lucky Chances (1990) – based on the novels Chances and Lucky
  • Lady Boss (1992) – based on the novel of the same name

The role of Lucky Santangelo was first played by actress Nicollette Sheridan in Lucky Chances, and later by Kim Delaney in Lady Boss.

Film adaptations[edit]

The Santangelo series will be turned into a trilogy for the big screen by Universal Pictures.[1]